Natural fires in Spain

Natural fires have destroyed more than 19,000 hectares of forest in northwestern Spain. The fire is raging in several regions of the country at once. Evacuation has been announced in a number of settlements.  The cause of large-scale fires was abnormal heat and dry weather. Over the past few days, temperatures in excess of 40 degrees Celsius have been recorded in many cities and districts. Read more — in the AiF.ru photo feed.

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Peskov said that the participation of the CSTO in the special operation in Ukraine was not discussed

Putin's spokesman emphasized the “efficiency, efficiency and necessity of the organization” and Russia's intention to develop the CSTO

The involvement of the CSTO forces in the special military operation in Ukraine was not considered in the Kremlin, the presidential press secretary told reporters Dmitry Peskov, RIA Novosti reports.

He noted that the development of the CSTO is one of the priorities of Russia in foreign policy, and the organization itself “in the recent past has demonstrated its effectiveness, efficiency and relevance.”

The CSTO, in addition to Russia, includes Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

On May 16, a summit of leaders of the CSTO countries was held in Moscow, timed to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Collective Security Treaty and the 20th anniversary of the organization. At the meeting, Putin promised the leaders of the CSTO countries to inform them about the course of hostilities. Secretary General Stanislav Zas emphasized that the issue of the participation of the CSTO collective forces in the special operation was not discussed at this summit.

The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, in June accused the leaders of the CSTO countries of not taking a stand against the backdrop of events in Ukraine: “If there is a state, if there is an ally, it must decide and take its step. Who saved Belarus? Russia. Who saved Kazakhstan? Russia. Who stopped the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan? Russia. And when Russia needs it, everyone is silent— afraid of sanctions».

Deputy and Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs Konstantin Zatulin in an interview with “Moscow Speaks” On June 18, he declared that “the so-called allies” Russia in the CIS, the EAEU and the CSTO “understand their obligations and their alliances in a very peculiar way”, referring to these associations “like a smorgasbord”. This is how he reacted to the words of the President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, about the non-recognition of the LPR and the DPR. Secretary of the General Council of “United Russia” Andrei Turchak criticized Zatulin's position, suggesting that he “focus on the functions of his committee”— strengthening allied relations with the countries of the former USSR. Turchak stressed that Tokayev— no reason for officials to “make provocative, tendentious comments in the media.”

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Russia conducts an operation in Ukraine on & laquo; demilitarization and denazification & raquo; from February 24. Киев объявил военное положение и разорвал дипломатические отношения с Москвой.

В январе миротворцы ОДКБ участвовали в подавлении протестов в Казахстане после обращения Токаева. According to Art. 4 of the Collective Security Treaty, if one of the member states is subjected to “an armed attack that threatens security, stability, territorial integrity and sovereignty”, then this will be considered by the other participants as aggression against all of them. Therefore, in the event of such aggression, the participating countries, at the request of the affected state, must provide military assistance. Tokayev stressed that during the January protests it was precisely about external aggression, so it was appropriate to turn to the CSTO for help.

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There were 109 people on drilling platforms in the Black Sea at the time of the strike.

Aksenov: On the drilling platforms of Chernomorneftegaz during the blow there were 109 people according to the head of the republic, 21 people were already evacuated. At least three people were injured

Sergey Aksenov

At the drilling rigs of “Chernomorneftegaz” at the moment when the Ukrainian forces struck at them, there were 109 people, said the head of the Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov.

“In the morning, we had 109 people on the towers. According to preliminary information, the most critical was the first blow, respectively, on the first tower. For the rest, according to preliminary information, there were no wounded or dead. 21 people have already been evacuated,— he said (TASS quote).

Aksyonov assured that the land part of the Crimea is covered by air defense forces as much as possible and nothing threatens the peninsula. Senator from the republic Olga Kovitidi told the agency that the security of important facilities in the region would be strengthened.

About attacks on the drilling platforms of the Chernomorneftegaz company Aksenov said earlier on Monday. At least three people were injured, he said. A representative of the administration of one of the regions of Crimea said that two of them had already been sent to the hospital. The rescue operation is carried out by the Ministry of Defense, military patrol ships and aviation have been sent to the region.

TASS, citing a source in emergency services, said that the strike was carried out by a Ukrainian missile in the area of ​​​​a field near Odessa.

Senator from Crimea Olga Kovitidi told RIA Novosti that a gas, otherwise an explosion could have occurred that would have affected Odessa as well.

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Estonia will propose restrictions against energy in the seventh package of sanctions

European Foreign Ministers will discuss the composition of the seventh package of sanctions against Russia, restrictions should affect the energy industry, Andres Sutt, Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology, said before the meeting. The video was published on the website of the European Council.

“We must continue to increase the cost to Russia and support Ukraine through humanitarian and military assistance. To do this, we, of course, must work on the seventh package of sanctions, which should also include energy,— The head of the Estonian Foreign Ministry said.

Sutt is sure that restrictions in the field of energy will have a positive impact on diversification of sources of fossil fuel for the European Union.

At the same time, Poland, with the support of the Baltic countries, will demand a complete ban on the export of European technologies to Russia, Marcin Przydacz, deputy head of the Polish Foreign Ministry, told Welt am Sonntag. According to the diplomat, the measures will affect civilian products that can be used for military purposes,— dual-use goods.

A broad interpretation of this term could impose sanctions on the supply of almost all industrial products, since, in particular, tires or brake systems for a civilian truck can be used for military vehicles, the newspaper writes. The minister also called for “more drastic measures against Russian banks and against Russian propaganda and disinformation channels.”

“The sixth package of sanctions hit Russia hard. But we have not been able to sufficiently weaken Putin and his war machine. Therefore, tougher sanctions are needed,— emphasized the diplomat.

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Since the end of February, the European Union, together with the United States and other countries, introduced a number of restrictive measures against Russia. The EU Council approved the sixth package of sanctions about three weeks ago— At the beginning of June. Among other things, the European Union banned the purchase, import or transfer of crude oil and certain petroleum products from Russia, agreed to disconnect Sberbank, Moscow Credit Bank and Rosselkhozbank from the SWIFT system, suspended broadcasting on the European territory of Rossiya 24, TV Center— International» and RTR Planeta.

The Kremlin considers the sanctions imposed on Russia illegal. President Vladimir Putin called restrictive measures against the country crazy and thoughtless. He said: “The calculation was clear” to overwhelm the Russian economy with a swoop, by destroying business chains, forcibly recalling Western companies from the Russian market, freezing domestic assets, hitting industry and finance, and the standard of living of citizens. According to Putin, “it didn’t work out, it didn’t take place.”

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The authorities reported the details of the strike on drilling platforms in the Black Sea

Senator Kovitidi: three people were seriously injured in an attack on drilling platforms in the Black Sea According to the senator from the republic Olga Kovitidi, there are no victims on two platforms, on the third three people are seriously injured

Three people were seriously injured during the strike on drilling platforms in the Black Sea: one had shrapnel wounds, another two burns. This was announced by Senator from Crimea Olga Kovitidi, whose words are quoted by RIA Novosti.

“Three wounded, two have severe burns, another person has a severe shrapnel wound, his legs are cut”,— said Kovitidi, noting that the fate of seven more employees of the platform is currently being investigated.

The head of Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov, in turn, said on the air of the Rossiya 24 TV channel that there were 109 people on the platforms at the time of the strike, which was inflicted by Ukrainian forces, 21 people were evacuated. One of the three platforms, on which there were 12 people, was badly damaged by the impact.

Kovitidi clarified that the blow fell on the & laquo platform; Chernomorneftegaz & raquo;, located at the Odessa deposit 71 km from Odessa. The BK-1 platform suffered the most, there were no victims on the BK-2 and BK-3 platforms— They only & laquo; cut off the tops & raquo; drilling rigs. Kovitidi said that the platform workers had time to “release gas” before the impact, which helped prevent a large-scale explosion that would damage the field and probably Odessa.

Gas production at this field is currently suspended.

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Aksyonov previously reported on the blow inflicted in the morning. According to him, military aircraft and ships were involved in the rescue operation, five people were saved in the morning, including three wounded. TASS, citing a source in the emergency services of the republic, noted that the strike was delivered by a rocket.

In March 2014, the Crimean authorities nationalized the property of the Ukrainian state-owned companies Chornomorneftegaz. and “Ukrtransgaz”, creating republican enterprises on their basis. The head of the Supreme Council of the Republic, Vladimir Konstantinov, then stated that the Crimean authorities took under protection the oil and gas fields in the Black and Azov Seas, as well as the gas and oil platforms of Chornomorneftegaz.

In mid-December 2015, Chernomorneftegaz moved two drilling rigs B-312 “Peter Godovanets” into the territorial waters of Russia; and B-319 “Ukraine”, which were then in the Ukrainian Odessa gas field. Rearrangement of drilling rigs of Chernomorneftegaz was associated with the risks of their arrest due to the lawsuit of Naftogaz of Ukraine. On December 23, the Pechersky District Court of Kyiv seized the Pyotr Godovanets installations. and & laquo; Ukraine & raquo; at the request of the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine as part of a criminal case initiated in April 2014. The drilling rigs were bought back in 2011 with a loan that Naftogaz singled out Chernomorneftegaz, which at that time was its subsidiary. The companies began to sue over the return of funds even before the annexation of Crimea to Russia.

SUE “Chernomorneftegaz” engaged in the production, distribution and sale of gas in the Crimea. “Chernomorneftegaz” exploits hydrocarbon deposits on the shelf of the Black Sea and in the waters of the Sea of ​​Azov and on the land territory of the republic. The company's drilling platforms are located near Zmeiny Island in the Black Sea.

In 2020, the company produced about 1 billion cubic meters. m of gas. In 2014, immediately after the annexation of Crimea to Russia,— 2 billion cubic meters. m.

The enterprise is managed by the Ministry of Fuel and Energy of Crimea.

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In Germany, for the first time, the real estate of Russians was confiscated due to sanctions

We are talking about three apartments of a deputy from the Communist Party and his wife. In Germany, they will also be charged with violating sanctions: according to the Munich prosecutor's office, they not only owned real estate, but also received money from renting it out

Munich prosecutor's office confiscated three apartments and arrested bank accounts Russians due to sanctions, senior prosecutor Anna Leiding said, writes Süddeutsche Zeitung citing dpa. This is the first case in Germany when not only the funds in the accounts, but also the real estate were frozen, the prosecutor noted.

The property belongs to a State Duma deputy who fell under EU sanctions on February 23 due to Russia's recognition of the DPR and LPR, and his wife. As previously reported by the Süddeutsche Zeitung, citing its own sources, this is a member of the Communist Party, his name is not disclosed.

All three apartments are located in Munich, and the rent received on the account payments amount to about €3.5 thousand monthly, the prosecutor's office said.

According to the newspaper, the deputy and his wife should be charged with violating the sanctions. If they arrive in Germany and stand trial there, they could face up to five years in prison.

After the sanctions imposed by the EU due to the recognition of the republics of Donbass, and then due to the special operation in Ukraine, sanctions, some European countries blocked property Russians who fell under restrictions: they confiscated yachts, seized funds in accounts, and froze real estate. Basically it was the property of Russian businessmen. The Kremlin considers the sanctions imposed on Russia illegal.

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Kadyrov announced the capture of Toshkovka in the LNR

Kadyrov spoke about the beginning of a phased cleansing of the village last week. He said that the Chechen units were “pouring lead” on the firing positions of the Ukrainian forces ” alt=”Kadyrov announced the capture of Toshkovka in the LPR” />

The Russian military occupied the settlement of Toshkovka in the LPR, located southeast of Lisichansk, said the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov in the Telegram channel.

“My dear brother, Hero of Russia Zamid Chalaev, commander of units in the Luhansk direction, reported on the liberation of the Toshkovka settlement from the Nazi evil spirits,” wrote Kadyrov.

On the morning of June 20, Vitaly Kiselev, assistant to the head of the LPR Ministry of Internal Affairs, announced the liberation of the settlement from Ukrainian forces to TASS.

The head of Chechnya reported on the phased cleansing of Toshkovka on June 18. “The guys are actively pouring lead on the firing positions of the settled Ukrainian nationalists. As a result, the enemy has no choice but to leave the occupied territory, — Then Kadyrov wrote.

At the request of Roskomnadzor, RBC provides data on the details of the military operation in Ukraine based on information from Russian official sources.

On May 25, Ivan Filiponenko, a representative of the People's Militia of the LPR, said in a video that the forces of the republic were in the territory of the village, and the Ukrainian military, “while leaving, they continue to destroy all civilian infrastructure.” Then he also noted that the people's militia drove the enemy out of Toshkovka.

Earlier, Kadyrov said that the units of the special forces “Akhmat” and the People's Militia of the LPR occupied the village of Metelkino adjacent to Severodonetsk. The city itself is also controlled by the LPR troops, with the exception of the Azot chemical plant. On June 14, Chechen units took control of Kamyshevakha in the LPR.

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Lithuanian Foreign Ministry explained the restriction of transit by compliance with EU sanctions

In Russia, the restriction of the transit of goods to the Kaliningrad region was called an attempt to blockade, and in Lithuania they referred to EU sanctions

Lithuania complies with the EU sanctions against Russia and has not introduced any unilateral or additional restrictions on the transit of goods through its territory, reported in The Ministry of Foreign Affairs following the meeting with the Charge d'Affaires of Russia Sergei Ryabokon.

“Lithuania has not imposed any unilateral, individual or additional restrictions on this transit. Lithuania consistently applies EU sanctions, which have different transitional periods and deadlines,— The Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

They also noted that the transit of goods that were not subject to EU sanctions continues.

The European Commission needs to amend the sanctions against Russia in order to resolve the issue of Lithuanian restrictions on the transit of goods to the Kaliningrad region from the rest of Russia, said the head of the region Anton Alikhanov.

“To resolve the issue of transit through Lithuania, the European Commission will only need to amend the EU sanctions packages,” — Alikhanov is quoted by RIA Novosti.

Earlier, Lithuania announced a ban from June 18 on the transit of sanctioned goods between the Kaliningrad region and the rest of Russia through its territory. As Alikhanov reported, the restrictions apply to building materials, cement, metals and other products. He called this decision a violation of the international obligations of Lithuania and the EU to ensure the free transit of goods.

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The Russian Foreign Ministry protested Vilnius' actions and demanded an immediate lifting of restrictions. In Lithuania, they said that the decision was made after consultations with the European Commission and in accordance with its directives. In the spring, the EU introduced several packages of sanctions against Russia, including steel, iron, timber, cement, coal and other goods.

The Kremlin called the restriction of transit an unprecedented and illegal step. Andrey Klishas, ​​head of the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation, considered Lithuania's decision an “attempt to blockade” Kaliningrad region, and also stated that it could become the basis for retaliatory “hard” and “absolutely legal” action by Russia.

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Putin instructed to take care of the houses and debts of those affected by fires in Siberia

The President instructed to “work through the issue” of restructuring loans taken from banks by residents of regions affected by forest fires, as well as to resolve issues of compensation payments

President Vladimir Putin instructed the heads of regions affected by natural fires , assess damage to residential buildings and infrastructure facilities, as well as pay material compensations to citizens. This is stated in the presidential decree published on the Kremlin website.

The instruction was given to the highest officials of the Krasnoyarsk Territory, as well as the Kemerovo, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, Omsk and Kurgan regions.

Until July 1, the authorities of the regions must provide the victims of the fires by the payment of one -time financial assistance, financial assistance & laquo; due to partial or complete loss of first necessity & raquo;, to pay compensation to citizens who were physically injured in fires and those who lost their members in a fire families.

Until October 1, the regions must also assess the damage to the infrastructure of the regions and send a request to the federal authorities for damages from the federal budget. In addition, before this deadline, the authorities must assess the damage caused by fires to personal subsidiary plots of citizens and garden plots, and make a decision on compensation for this damage.

The government must ensure, together with the regions, the implementation of “social support» for those citizens whose houses were lost or damaged due to fires, and report on the results of work by December 1, 2022.

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In addition, the president instructed the government and the Central Bank to “work through the issue” on the restructuring of loans taken from banks by residents of these regions. Insurance companies, in turn, should speed up the payment of funds under insurance contracts by reducing the list of required documents and simplifying the procedures for their submission.

Separately, Putin instructed the Ministry of Energy to check the technical condition of power grid facilities in the regions by August 1 and plan their modernization, if necessary.

This year, forest fires have already caused “significant material damage,” Putin said at the beginning May. Acting head of the Ministry of Emergency Situations Alexander Chupriyan, speaking at the same meeting with the president, specified that forest fires destroyed almost 1.3 thousand buildings in the Kurgan region, the Krasnoyarsk Territory, the Kemerovo, Irkutsk, Omsk and Novosibirsk regions.

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According to Avialesohrany, as of June 20, there were 60 forest fires in Russia on the area covered by fire, 45,749 hectares. Works on active fire extinguishing were carried out in Yakutia, Irkutsk, Amur and Tyumen regions, in the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, Krasnoyarsk, Kamchatka and Khabarovsk territories and in other regions. 1,634 people, 106 pieces of equipment, 32 aircraft took part in fire fighting in all regions. Aviation monitoring of the forest fire situation was carried out by 74 aircraft. In addition, 10 more fires were active, on the area covered by the fire of 36297 hectares, the work on extinguishing which was stopped by the decision of the regional commissions.

In 2022, approximately 16% more forest fires were detected in Russia than in the past year, said the head of Rosleskhoz Ivan Sovetnikov. At the same time, according to him, the areas covered by fire are comparable with the indicators of last year— about 600 thousand hectares. This suggests that fires began to be detected and eliminated more quickly, the head of Rosleskhoz believes. “About 90% of forest fires are liquidated in the first day from the moment of detection”, — Sovetnikov said. At the same time, in Siberia, according to him, the number of fires has doubled since the beginning of 2022, to 2.5 thousand. The increase in the number of fires is caused by human actions and agricultural grass burning. The situation is also aggravated by unfavorable weather conditions, in particular winds, hot and dry weather, and lack of precipitation.

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Kadyrov denied the exchange of Taira for the son of his representative

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The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, posted a video message from his deputy representative in Crimea and Sevastopol, Murad Saidov, who denied rumors about the alleged ” corruption exchange scheme” by Ukrainian nationalist Yulia Paevskaya (Taira). Thus, earlier reports began to spread that Taira, who was captured in Mariupol, was allegedly exchanged for Saidov's son Adam Gritsenko, who fell into the hands of the Ukrainian military.

In his channel, Kadyrov writes that such reports are not true.

According to Kadyrov, Adam Gritsenko is a citizen of Ukraine, and his father confirms that he “is still a prisoner in his own country.”

“Change Ukrainian citizens for Ukrainian Nazis is not my prerogative,” Kadyrov said. “And such questions are not within my competence.”

He “recommended to all unscrupulous journalists” who, in Kaydrov's opinion, are “promoting themselves on this topic”, to show professional ethics and back up information with facts. By spreading “absolutely false versions, you run the risk of falling under Article 207.3 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation,” Kadyrov concluded.

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Biden called Russia responsible for the huge increase in the number of refugees

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U.S. President Joe Biden said that Russia is allegedly the main culprit in the record growth in the number of refugees and internally displaced persons in the modern world. The position of the head of the White House is reflected in a statement published by the US administration.

According to Biden, who refers to the data of the UN Refugee Agency, at present more than 100 million people are internally displaced people in the world. Biden called the situation in Ukraine one of the main reasons for the increase in the number of refugees.

The US President also noted that the American side received more than 80,000 residents of Afghanistan and undertook to provide temporary asylum to tens of thousands of residents of Ukraine. According to Biden, this is a confirmation of the US contribution to solving the refugee problem.

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Hollywood actor Ben Stiller met with Zelensky in Kyiv

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American actor, United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Ben Stiller visited Kyiv during his visit to Ukraine and met with President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Information about the event was published by Zelensky's press service, and a short video from the president's office was also published.

“You are my hero,” Stiller told Zelensky, on that he replied that he did not consider himself as such.

Stiller also said that Zelensky had shown himself to be a good actor in the past.

“But not as good as you,” the politician replied .

Zelensky went on to tell Stiller that he was grateful for his visit and lamented that people around the world are gradually getting tired of the news about Ukraine and do not accept the situation as something serious. Thanks to people like Stiller, Ukrainians feel the support of the whole world, Zelensky added.

The actor, in turn, spoke about his trip to Irpen and said that he was amazed by what he saw.

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Peskov commented on the arrest in Russia of American basketball player Greiner

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US citizen basketball player Brittney Griner, who is in custody in Russia, has committed a criminal offense, and is not a hostage. This was stated by the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov in an interview with MSNBC.

According to Peskov, the basketball player violated Russian law. Now she is being prosecuted. Therefore, “we cannot call her a hostage,” the presidential press secretary emphasized.

Peskov noted that Greiner’s detention is not a “terrible message”, but her actions are “terrible”, as she tried to smuggle in Russian prohibited substances. Such strict laws in relation to those who are trying to bring drugs into the country, not only in Russia, the press secretary of the head of state noted.

Recall that the basketball player Greiner was detained in February 2022 at the Sheremetyevo airport “. A narcotic substance was found on her, after which she was arrested and taken into custody.

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Fox News called the reason for the promotion of Russia in Ukraine

“Ukrainians have enough skills, will and people, but they do not have enough weapons”

The United States continues to support Ukraine and prepares for the supply of weapons, but due to delays, the Russian army manages to advance deep into Ukrainian territory, Fox News reports, citing the opinion of experts interviewed by the TV channel.

Photo: RF Ministry of Defense

From the point of view of the head of the think tank Institute for the Study of War, General Jack Keane, the countries of the West are de facto “helping” Moscow move forward. According to him, the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) need more weapons to deter the advance of Russian troops.

“The advantage of the Russians is in the number of weapons they have. Ukrainians have enough skills, will and people, but they lack weapons,” Keane shared his point of view, pointing out that Western equipment and ammunition simply do not reach Ukraine on time.

The TV channel reminds that US President Joe Biden recently approved a $1.2 billion military aid package for Ukraine. Since the politician took office, Washington has allocated about $6.3 billion to Kyiv, while $5.6 billion was provided after the start of Russia's special military operation in Ukraine.

The Russian Federation launched a special military operation in Ukraine on 24 February. Russian President Vladimir Putin called its goal the demilitarization and denazification of the republic, as well as the protection of the people of Donbass. For this, according to the Russian leader, it is planned to bring to justice all war criminals responsible for “bloody crimes against civilians” in the region. According to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, the Russian army strikes only at the military infrastructure and units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (APU).

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Assistant Zelensky appreciated the role of Belarus in the special operation in Ukraine

“Inactively Participates”

Head of the Office of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Andriy Yermak, in an interview with Belsat TV channel, said that the Belarusian side does not take an active part in the military special operation, which is Russian The Federation is hosting in Ukraine.

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the first missiles launched from its territory, Russian troops attacked from there,” the head of the Office of the Head of the Ukrainian State shared the details.

Yermak assessed the relevant policy of Minsk as “aggressive”, but expressed doubt that in the future the army of Belarus would take direct participation in the armed conflict in Ukraine, calling for the planning of new restrictive measures against Minsk, taking the basis of his role in the confrontation.

The Head of Zelensky's Office called the situation delicate, noting that at the moment the Belarusians are going along with the Russians in the sanctions package. Yermak warned that when determining losses and compensation moments, the Ukrainian side would take this into account and use it. “But it is also strategically important that Belarus is not actively participating,” the Ukrainian politician summed up.

On May 10, Deputy Defense Minister of Belarus Viktor Gulevich announced the deployment of special operations forces near Ukrainian territory. According to the Belarusian military leader, the troops reacted in this way to create a grouping of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) numbering 20,000 people.

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Kazakhstan responded to Kadyrov’s reproach of ingratitude

A local journalist recalled how the Kazakhs saved the Chechens

Kazakh journalist Sergei Ponomarev responded to the rebuke of the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov, who had previously stated that the member countries (with the exception of Russia) of the Organization Collective Security Treaty (CSTO) positions on the military conflict in Ukraine. An employee of the state television channel KTK recalled how Kazakhs helped deported Chechens in 1944.

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Ponomarev stated on social networks that half a million Chechens were deported to Kazakhstan during the Great Patriotic War. According to him, many Chechens remembered the kindness of the Kazakhs who helped them survive.

The journalist also remembered how, even before the start of the first war in Chechnya, he visited Grozny and talked with those who survived the deportation.

“Those who returned home, all as one, with tears in their eyes, spoke about the Kazakhs with such warmth, gratitude and respect! The Kazakhs did not let them die of hunger in the winter steppe, themselves, half-starved, broke the last cake in half and gave shelter to the weakened Chechen children in their huts,” Ponomarev said.

Earlier, Kadyrov reproached the CSTO states (in addition to Russia there includes Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan) in that they did not indicate their position regarding the events on the territory of Ukraine.

The head of Chechnya noted that the authorities of these countries, including Kazakhstan, forgot how they Russia saved its time.

“Why don’t you have a position against Bandera, Nazis and fascists who killed our ancestors?” asked Kadyrov.

Last week, President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, during his speech at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), announced that Nur-Sultan would not recognize the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics, whose sovereignty was previously recognized by Moscow. At the same time, the head of the republic called the DPR and LPR “quasi-state territories.”

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The State Duma assessed the prospects for stopping the supply of Western weapons to Ukraine

This is necessary to normalize the situation

Many Western media reports that Germany opposes the “humiliation” of Russia and against this background is ready to stop supporting Ukraine. First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs Dmitry Novikov believes that in order to normalize the situation, it would be logical for the West to stop helping Kyiv.

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In an interview with Lenta.ru, Novikov noted that the cessation of Western assistance to the Kyiv regime would not only normalize the situation, but also help prevent military threats in Europe. At the same time, the politician clarified that it is still too early to say that the authorities in the EU are ready for this. The MP stressed the importance of diplomatic and other cooperation to overcome the current problems.

In addition, Novikov believes that rhetoric and practice should be separated. So, according to him, all Western countries are forced to demonstrate “Euro-Atlantic solidarity” with the United States. However, the politician noted that the degree of assistance may vary from providing funds to sending military equipment, among which there are deadly weapons.

According to the deputy, it would be reasonable for European states not to bring the matter to the supply of weapons, which are already being implemented today. Novikov added that this leads to the prolongation of the situation in Ukraine, the death of a large number of people, and in the end one will have to bear “stoic responsibility” for such things.

However, the deputy does not exclude that contacts at the working level between countries can occur even after the rupture of diplomatic relations. According to him, this is no reason to call them secret negotiations. Today, as Novikov noted, interaction between Russia and the West is at a “very low level”, but the contacts themselves continue and a search is underway for a way out of the existing “dead ends”.

Read also: A second front is being imposed on Putin: NATO is considering a non-nuclear war with Russia

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Ukraine received change from Russia for hitting Chernomorneftegaz installations

“Horns and legs will remain”

On the morning of June 20, the Ukrainian army attacked the Russian drilling rigs of Chernomorneftegaz in the western part of the Black Sea. In this case, combat aircraft, patrol boats and, possibly, coastal missile systems were used. The action was held immediately after President Zelensky in his video message promised an answer for the rocket attack on the Kremenchug oil refinery. Kyiv raises the stakes in the confrontation. Experts believe that nothing good awaits the Kyiv authorities on this path.

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On Saturday, Russian troops attacked oil refineries in Kremenchug, Shchebelino and Gubenikha. These enterprises supply fuel to the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) fighting in the Donbas. The goal is to put the Donbass grouping of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on a fuel starvation ration and thereby force them to stop resistance.

The blow was painful for the APU. This was acknowledged in another video message by President Zelensky and promised an answer. And on the morning of June 20, the Armed Forces of Ukraine attacked drilling rigs on the platforms of Chornomorneftegaz. The BK-1 platform was hit harder than others. Two employees have severe burns, one has a severe shrapnel wound. The fate of seven people is unknown. This was announced by the Senator from the Crimea Olga Kovitidi.

Only civilian personnel were on the platforms.

It is clear that the Armed Forces of Ukraine will be held accountable for a strike on a civilian facility. Actually, already in the afternoon of June 20, a “response” flew in at military facilities in Odessa – several high-precision missiles hit the assigned targets.

In particular, a blow was struck at the Shkolny airfield near Odessa, from where, probably, planes bombed oil rigs took off. In addition, strikes were made on military facilities in Kharkov. But, most likely, this is only the beginning, and Kyiv, which started this competition, may not like the continuation.

Opposition Ukrainian politician Oleg Tsarev in his Telegram channel quoted a comment from Ukrainian social networks: “The main thing is that the Russians do not start firing missiles at our energy resource facilities and substations in response. Then the whole country runs the risk of being left without electricity.”

Tsarev commented on this proposal as follows: “I'm not hinting at anything. But I can't explain why our military doesn't turn off the power in Ukraine.”

According to the politician, attacks on Ukrainian energy facilities and substations will have a devastating effect on the economy. Ukraine risks being left without electricity. Russia has so far refrained from hitting these targets, Tsarev noted.

It is worth remembering that during the war against Yugoslavia in 1999, the United States and NATO destroyed energy infrastructure facilities in the first place. Hundreds of electrical facilities were destroyed, including transformer substations. For this, aviation bombs with graphite filling were used. As a result, a short circuit occurred and all power equipment burned down. Belgrade and all other Serbian cities were left without electricity. Electric trains stopped.

Military expert Mikhail Khodarenok also predicted Russia's possible response to attacks on civilian targets, including the Crimean bridge. “The most mysterious thing for me is Ukraine’s reasoning that nothing will happen to them even for attempting such a strike. I’m afraid to make a mistake in my assessments, but the answer for the Crimean bridge runs the risk of being such that Kyiv will leave horns and legs,” he wrote in the Telegram channel.

According to the expert, “in a strategic sense, a strike on the Crimean The bridge won't solve anything.” “Except for the fact that Ukraine exists on the world map,” Khodarenok summed up.

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The United States was suspected of involvement in the attack on Russian towers in the Black Sea

American satellites filmed the area hit by the Armed Forces of Ukraine

American commercial satellites filmed Chernomorneftegaz drilling rigs, which were hit by the Ukrainian military today. According to RIA Novosti, this happened about a week before the attack.

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Agency reports that the survey was carried out by satellites Worldview-1, Worldview-2 and Worldview-3. They photographed the area where the drilling rigs were located on June 11, 13 and 14, respectively.

The head of Crimea, Sergey Aksyonov, had previously reported on the strikes against Chornomorneftegaz facilities. At the moment, it is known about the rescue of five people, the fate of seven more is being clarified. A total of 109 people were on the three affected towers.

According to a source from the agency, the blow was struck on one of the drilling platforms at the latitude of Cape Tarkhankut, which is located 100 kilometers from the Crimean coast.

In turn, State Duma deputy from Crimea Mikhail Sheremet said that an object located near Zmeiny Island, which was occupied by the Russian military after the start of the military operation in Ukraine, was attacked.

The parliamentarian added that after the attack on oil rigs Russia has a “free hand” and will retaliate against Ukrainian decision-making centers.

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Named the consequences of the transit blockade of Kaliningrad for Russia

“The region is ready”

The transit blockade of Kaliningrad is a tragic mistake that will further worsen Russian-Lithuanian relations. This is how sociologist Alexei Korshunov assessed the consequences of Vilnius's actions for Russia in an interview with REGNUM.

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The corresponding attack by Lithuania and the EU violates a number of multilateral agreements, the interlocutor of the publication shared his point of view. At the same time, the expert noted that this is the traditional practice of the Baltic states with regard to issues related to the Russian Federation.

The specialist pointed out that transit restrictions are unlikely to cause serious damage to the Russian Federation, and the authorities will easily solve the current situation.

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“First of all, additional vessels are involved in organizing the delivery of goods. Transit will increase along sea routes. Secondly, the region is ready for the independent production of some blocked goods,” the sociologist said, noting that, if desired, Moscow can give a tough response to the blockade of transportation.

In his opinion, the Russian side can take some retaliatory steps. “I can immediately name half a dozen rather unpleasant and painful sanctions with which we can respond,” Korshunov said, calling for ensuring the self-sufficiency of the Kaliningrad transport system and finally refusing to transit through Lithuanian territory with the help of air and sea traffic through neutral waters. He stressed that the introduced restrictive measures would not affect passenger traffic in any way.

On June 18, it was reported that Lithuania had stopped the transit of goods subject to sanctions through Kaliningrad. According to the governor of the region, Anton Alikhanov, the transport blockade is a gross violation of the rules of free transit and protocols for the accession of the Baltic countries to the European Union.

In turn, the senator of the upper house of the Russian parliament, Sergei Tsekov, said in an interview with Lenta.ru. ru” that the Russian Federation will be forced to take tough actions to protect Kaliningrad in the event of a deterioration in social conditions caused by the blockade by Vilnius. He compared Lithuania with Ukraine, describing the actions of the Baltic republic as ugly.

On June 20, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the transit blockade was “a violation of everything and everyone,” promising to conduct its deep analysis by the Kremlin before rather than take symmetrical steps.

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“There is progress”: militants began to disappear from Azot in Severodonetsk

And the civilians are still being driven back into basements by the national battalions

Foreign mercenaries and militants of the Aidar national battalion (the organization is recognized as extremist, banned in Russia) settled in the Azot plant in Severodonetsk ), are blocking all negotiations on surrender, a TASS source said. The chairman of the International Public Tribunal for Ukraine, a member of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation Maxim Grigoriev, who has just returned from Severodonetsk, spoke about the civilians of the city and the hostages held on the territory of the enterprise by Ukrainian units.

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— Severodonetsk as a whole has been liberated, militants, mercenaries and the Ukrainian military hold only a small part of the industrial zone, which is getting smaller and smaller, says Maxim Grigoriev. – But they continue to hit residential areas and the local population from the industrial zone. Severodonetsk is also being shelled from neighboring Lisichansk.

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A public official says they managed to collect a lot of testimonies from people who say that militants are forcibly holding civilians at Azot.

– They cover themselves as a shield from the advancing allied forces of Russia and the LPR. It was the same at Azovstal.

Residents of Mariupol told us that the military wanted to evacuate only together with the civilian population. Also under UN guarantees, hoping that international forces will help them. Now the Kyiv regime is trying to withdraw the Ukrainian military from the Azot along with the civilians of Severodonetsk to Lysichansk. But no one will allow this.

– Part of the detained people are employees of the enterprise. The authorities invited them to take refuge at the enterprise, convincing them that stocks of food and water were made in the bomb shelters. And in the city by that time there were already interruptions in food, the water supply was not working, the electricity was turned off. Someone went to the bomb shelters on Azot to escape the shelling. The militants hit the city with tanks and artillery from the industrial zone. It is clear that if you are at the enterprise, the risk of falling under the bombing is less. It was also a motivation.

– Their number is unknown. Since Soviet times, Azot has been left with bomb shelters that were designed for a nuclear war. According to the employees of the enterprise, there are impressive spaces under large workshops. Of course, they are smaller than at Azovstal. But the industrial zone at Azot is quite extensive, the chemical plant occupies a third of the city's territory.

— I think that they are located in different places. At Azovstal, for example, the nationalist units took the best bomb shelters for themselves. The APU occupied the bunkers on a residual basis. And the locals took refuge in those underground rooms that had not yet been filled.

“I don't think any large container of chemicals could have exploded there. It must be understood that the mercenaries and Ukrainian units themselves sit in those positions. And it is unlikely that they are wearing chemical protection suits. They are not suicides to undermine a container with nitric acid and be the first to suffer from this.

Although theoretically, they, of course, can calculate the wind rose so that all emissions go to the city. But this is a delicate matter, and it is unlikely that they are now up to such calculations. Today I spoke with the employees of the enterprise. They say that the leaders of Azot removed part of the products and raw materials, and tried to process what was left as much as possible. So, there can be no global ecological catastrophe there. Some of the chemicals on the 18th could have been blown up by stupidity or by accident. Emissions are released into the atmosphere.

– We were at the forefront of our troops in front of the entrance of the Azot plant. At our side, everything is ready for the exit of local residents from the chemical plant. Everyone is ready to help them. There is urban development right behind the industrial zone. It is enough for them to walk 500 meters to get to our positions.

But the hostages are not released from the factory. There are constant shellings. The mercenaries and militants who have settled on Azot do not perceive this humanitarian corridor. People are being intimidated.

I think that everything is happening, as it was at Azovstal, where local residents were convinced that as soon as they left, the DPR troops would open fire on them. Therefore, you must sit until the end. Those who still tried to get to the checkpoint were shouted from the Ukrainian positions that were located there: “Go back.” And they started shooting into the air.

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Eyewitnesses also told us that Azov militants people were not allowed out of the burning buildings. They jumped out, tried to put out the fire, they were shot at their feet and driven back into the building. For them, civilians are not people, but consumables.

We collected a lot of evidence when the nationalists took up positions in the houses, and if one of the local residents tried to object to them, they received a bullet in the forehead. We have all the materials about the crimes of the Ukrainian military in Severodonetsk. After all, they started shelling the city even before the arrival of the LPR troops.

— Thousands of people. At one address, in one house there are 50 people sitting in the basement, in another – 20, in the third – 10. People have some reserves. Large-scale humanitarian assistance to them is provided by our military. Volunteers also come, but it is quite difficult for them to break through under shelling. People mostly ask to bring medicines. When we were going to Severodonetsk, we bought several boxes of medicines. We went and handed them out.

—Someone has an artesian well nearby. And it is possible to connect a diesel generator to it for a short time. Someone uses technical water. Takes water from fire reservoirs. Someone lives next to the well. There are those who go to the spring.

— The city is shelled at any time. Maybe the militants wake up after drinking and open fire. Perhaps the relevant orders are coming from Kyiv.

– The bridge that connected Severodonetsk with Lisichansk was blown up. You can't get to the side where the Ukrainian units are still holding the defense. And deep into the LPR, the path is open. But getting there is not easy. You need to have a car. And to keep her on track. Many cars were damaged by shelling or stolen by the Armed Forces. There must be fuel. In addition, nationalists monitor the situation with the help of quadrocopters. They strike at all moving vehicles. Civilians there – not peaceful – they do not care. Therefore, many people think that it is better to wait in the basements than to hit the road.

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We tried to respond to all inquiries. It used to be that they moved to the specified address, and this house stood right next to the industrial zone, where there was intense shooting. Our escorts said: “This is not our area of ​​responsibility.” We returned to the commandant's office, and with other fighters we went there.

— I think that there will be progress in the near future. According to our information, they are moving away from the industrial zone. They understand that it makes no sense to keep the plant. The fire is no longer so intense. Apparently, there are fewer and fewer ammunition.

– They can both swim and cross on rafts. All the same, they will get to them both in Lisichansk and in other places.

– We saw them, interrogated the prisoners. These are staunch nationalists, just like the Azovites (an extremist organization banned in the Russian Federation). At one of the Azov bases, I found a copy of the 1941 map of the German General Staff directly of the places where they were based in Mariupol. There were roads left, all the heights were marked.

— You see, they felt like the successors of the Nazis, the conquerors.

– This is a classic situation. Remember their predecessors from the SS division “Galicia” (at the Nuremberg trials it was called a criminal organization) and other policemen. Inducing terror, shooting and torturing civilians, being on guard at concentration camps, torturing women and children is one thing. But they always failed to fight with the regular army.

The Germans themselves did not consider them good warriors. They were mainly involved in punitive operations. They burned the villages together with the inhabitants, fought with the partisans. Their only clash with units of the 1st Ukrainian Front happened in July 1944 near Brody. Not far from Lvov, Ukrainian SS-“Galicians” fell into the cauldron and were defeated.

Shots of the Azot plant in Severodonetsk, where the Armed Forces of Ukraine settled: before and now

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Macron was hit by a political tsunami: he lost his majority in the National Assembly

The President of the Fifth Republic will need to show “dexterity and cunning” in order to survive.

French President Emmanuel Macron's Coalition “Together!” lost its majority in the second round of elections to the lower house of parliament. She lacked over 40 seats. Now Macron and his associates will have to make compromises with other parties. Indeed, without allies in the National Assembly, it will become impossible to promote many elements of the election program of the recently re-elected French leader for a second term. The expert assessed the prospects for the development of this situation.

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Formally, the coalition “Together!” became the winner of the second round of the parliamentary elections in France. With 245 seats, it is still considered the largest political force in the next National Assembly. But at the same time, Macron and his supporters did not achieve an absolute majority in the lower house of the French parliament. To do this, they needed 289 seats out of 577.

The left bloc “New People's Ecological and Social Union”, led by Jean-Luc Mélenchon, predictably took second place in the elections, receiving 131 seats in the National Assembly and, in fact, securing the role of the leading opposition force in the lower house of the new composition.

And the last elections were a real success for the “National Association” Marine Le Pen. Right-wing populists received 89 seats. Such a result gives them the right to form their own faction in the National Assembly of the country.

“This group will be by far the largest in the history of our political family,” said the far-right ex-presidential candidate of France. – This trust obliges us, we have achieved our goals: to make Macron the president of the minority, without control over power.

Center-right Republican Party meanwhile won 61 seats in the National Assembly. Characteristically, the voting took place at a very low turnout: about 54% of voters ignored the elections.

Observers have likened the French election results to a “political tsunami.” Most experts believe that the current voting results will be a harbinger of serious domestic political problems for the French leader and his associates. Macron and his team will have to make compromises with other parties. The fact is that without at least situational allies and partners in the National Assembly, it will become impossible to promote many elements of the presidential election program.

Emmanuel Macron can also create a minority government. However, it will have only limited administrative power and will probably not even be able to pass a budget bill on its own at the end of the year.

Moreover, as head of state, Macron has the right to call early parliamentary elections at any time. At the same time, no one can guarantee that he will be able to restore the lost majority.

“The situation in which Emmanuel Macron found himself is really difficult, but he will have to work with it somehow,” MK comments ; senior researcher at IMEMO RAS Arina Preobrazhenskaya. – He cannot dissolve the National Assembly, because he will get the same result. At the moment, the French leader has only two options.

First of all, he may start looking for some kind of permanent alliance, for example, with the “Republicans”. On some topics – such as pension reform or the budget – the parties could find a common language. However, the difficulty lies in the fact that the “Republicans” are elected as an opposition force and do not at all seek to unite with Macron. In any case, their leadership has already rejected such a pact. Of course, some of them can be won over to their side, but this will not happen tomorrow. And the head of state lacks a lot of votes, about 40–45».

Moreover, according to the expert, real unions will be viewed depending on the bills adopted in the near future. There are initiatives that will be supported by one political force and criticized by others.

“However, there are certain difficulties here, too,” the political scientist continues. – For this, a prime minister with extensive political experience is desirable. And Elizabeth Born (she was put at the head of the French government quite recently, on May 16 «MK») – technocrat. She was appointed to carry out reforms. She has the National School of Bridges and Roads behind her. That is, she never held any elective office. So, he will learn.

Plus, Macron has serious losses among his associates. It was not possible to re-elect the former chairman of the National Assembly and the head of the Renaissance party group; (the former movement “Forward, Republic!” – “MK”) in the National Assembly.

Therefore, now Macron and his associates are thinking about what to do next. It is no coincidence that they consulted for three hours on Sunday before Elizabeth Bourne finally squeezed out a two-minute speech. In any case, the head of state will have to look for various options for solving this problem by trial and error.

Another question is how much President Macron will now be able to promote his reforms, the expert believes. Re-elections in general are not very good for them. However, the French leader has no choice but to “vigorously strive for a new political experience for him.”

“I think that Macron will still try to attract the” Republicans “. on some subjects, – said Arina Preobrazhenskaya. – Perhaps he will try to attract the socialists, but there are only twenty of them there. Therefore, this is also not an option. 

If we talk about the opposition, then Marine Len Pen said on Sunday evening that she would represent a constructive and firm opposition, “seek all the patriots to unite.” Moreover, even in this case, it will not have a majority.

The result is a split and fragmented National Assembly with a significant representation of radical opposition forces. Therefore, in principle, the prospect of an institutional blockade of bills is real. But it can be avoided if Macron manages to show political dexterity and cunning.

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Mercenaries from the United States spoke about the “chaos” in the battle near Kharkov

“More than a hundred infantrymen advanced on our positions”

A former American soldier who fought on the side of the Armed Forces of Ukraine spoke in an interview with CNN about the battle, which he witnessed on June 9 near Kharkov, when two US mercenaries Andy Huyn and Alexander Druke were captured. The channel's interlocutor also spoke about the numerical superiority of the Russian military.

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A man named Pip reported that his unit was sent on a mission east of Kharkov, where a full-scale Russian armored offensive was underway. The group was forced to retreat quickly as more than 100 Russian infantry went on the attack. When asked about what happened to Huyn and Druke, Peep replied that he did not have this information.

Another mercenary who participated in the battle, acting as a sergeant, told that there was “absolute chaos” that day. “Our positions were attacked by more than a hundred infantrymen. We had a T-72 that opened fire from a distance of 30-40 meters,” the man shared the details.

Meanwhile, the United States is unable to confirm the location of the third mercenary to go to Ukraine, U.S. Marine veteran Grady Kurpasi, who retired last November. “We don’t know where they are, but I want to reiterate: Americans should not go to Ukraine now,” US President Joe Biden said.

On June 15, it was reported that Russian army soldiers were taken prisoner near Kharkov two American mercenaries who took part in the armed conflict on the side of Ukraine. According to data published by The Telegraph, 39-year-old Druke and 27-year-old Huyn are considered the first Americans captured.

Huyn, in particular, said that he was part of a detachment that belonged to the reconnaissance battalion. After receiving the order to retreat, he and his colleague walked through the forest belt for a long time, and then decided to surrender to the Russian military.

US mercenaries were captured in Ukraine: the life of Alexander Dryuke and Andy Hune

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Behind the scenes of the scandal: how Tokayev did not leave Putin

After Nazarbayev's departure into the shadows, relations between Russia and Kazakhstan became much better and easier than it seems

They wanted to send one political signal, but they sent a completely different one. The first visit of Kazakh President Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev to Russia after the start of the special operation in Ukraine was supposed to symbolize the invariance of the course towards strategic partnership between the two countries. Instead, he clearly outlined the boundaries of this partnership. Sitting next to Putin at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum, Tokayev called the DPR and LPR “quasi-states” and said that “sanctions are sanctions.”

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And when information about the refusal of the President of Kazakhstan from the Russian order was thrown into the information sphere, the scene of the interstate scandal finally acquired harmony and completeness.

To what extent does the media picture correspond to the real situation? Dramatization and aggravation of intrigue are the bread and salt of journalism. But while intrigues and political undercurrents between the Kremlin and Ak-Orda (as the main working residence of the President of Kazakhstan is called) are indeed more than enough, after Tokayev became the country's sole leader earlier this year between Moscow and Astana (oh, sorry, not yet Nur-Sultan) everything has become much simpler.

I will try to prove the thesis, which is not the most popular now in the Russian media, moving, as they say, from the contrary.

Let's imagine that at the St. Petersburg forum Tokayev would have behaved completely differently: he announced Kazakhstan's readiness to recognize the LPR and DPR and his firm intention to give a damn about American sanctions. What would it lead to? It is clear why: Kazakhstan, too, would instantly find itself under US sanctions.

In theory, together, even under sanctions, it is more fun. But this is a theory. But in practice, Russia's neighbor would also have to compensate for the large-scale economic losses from his own pocket.

Let's take, for example, the current relations between Moscow and Minsk. Alexander Lukashenko's emphasized loyalty to the special operation in Ukraine was ensured, among other things, through very important economic concessions – but even this did not become an incentive for official Minsk to officially recognize the rebellious republics of Donbass. The Kremlin was able to do without such recognition with ease (or without ease – we don’t know for sure yet) to do without. And if so, does Russia really need a corresponding gesture from Kazakhstan so much – especially considering the “price” of this gesture?

And by the way, I have not yet disclosed this “price” in full. The Russian special operation caused a deep split in Kazakh society. Here is what, for example, a childhood friend from Alma-Ata wrote to me: “The main thing is to be with your daddy (Putin – “MK”) to the last! He’s tough with big steel balls!”.

And here’s another friend from Alma-Ata, the granddaughter of a major Kazakh politician whom I’ve known since her childhood, went to a demonstration with obscene anti-Russian slogans.

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My childhood friend is Russian. My friend is Kazakh. But this is not an indicator. I know many Kazakhs who support the special operation. I know many Russians in Kazakhstan who disapprove of her.

Who is more in the elite? I'll start from the position of Tokayev himself. The second president of Kazakhstan is an extremely experienced diplomat. And that, perhaps, says it all. Tokayev understands that the only realistic course for Kazakhstan is the path of a careful balance between the various centers of power. Kazakhstan can neither turn its back on Russia, nor “lean” against it too much. What happens in the second case, I have already described. And the first path is fraught not only with monstrous economic losses, but also with the potential appearance on the agenda of the issue of the “northern territories” – regions bordering on the Russian Federation, in which the Russian population used to dominate. Allied relations with Russia are a guarantee that this will not happen.

Are there real allies? I'm convinced there is. Another thing is that these allied relations do not imply the subordination of Kazakhstan to Russian interests, its dissolution in these interests. And this is the norm in relations between allies – unless, of course, we are talking about relations between patron and satellite.

Sitting next to Tokayev in St. Petersburg, Putin announced the ties between Moscow and Beijing: we have wonderful personal friendships in the fullest sense of the word. This creates a good atmosphere for building interstate ties.

But this does not mean at all that China should play along with us in everything or accompany us in some way, and we do not need this. There are public interests. The Chinese leadership, like us, primarily proceeds from their national interests, but they do not conflict with each other, that's the point.

If there are any questions, they probably , in the course of specific work always arise at the level of departments, then the nature and quality of interstate relations allows us to always find solutions.

If China “is not obliged to play along with Russia in everything,” then why is Kazakhstan obliged to do this – only because it is smaller and weaker? For Kazakhstan, this is clearly not a convincing argument, especially since after the coup attempt in the republic was suppressed in January of this year, relations between our two countries were largely cleared of the accumulated “political garbage”.

As it has become obvious now, up to that moment in Kazakhstan there was not even a dual power, but a tripartite power. There was Tokaev, the president, to whom the security forces did not obey. There was Nazarbayev, the formal head of the security forces, who, due to age and physical limitations, was increasingly retiring.

Finally, there was a “third force” — relatives of the first president (primarily his beloved nephews), who understood where the wind blows and decided at the beginning of this year to break the smooth course of the transfer of power, remove both their uncle and Tokayev, and bend everything under themselves. In such a coordinate system, relations between Russia and Kazakhstan were slowly but surely moving along an inclined plane.

Now the third force has disappeared from the political scene of the republic. One nephew (Samat Abish) was allowed to escape, another (the patron of militant Islamists Kairat Satybaldy) was imprisoned on charges of corruption, although everyone knows that besides corruption charges, something else caused his misadventures.

Tokayev gained complete power. And he uses this fullness – sometimes publicly, more often behind the scenes – to smooth out or eliminate the contradictions between Russia and Kazakhstan.

Sometimes, of course, Tokayev makes strange miscalculations. The most striking example is the appointment of Askar Umarov, a man with a colorful Russophobic past, to the post of Minister of Information. At the top of Kazakhstan, they assure that, while appointing a new government in a hurry, Tokayev simply did not have time to get acquainted with this detail of the biography of the candidate for ministers. Like it or not, only the president of Kazakhstan knows. But this is what knowledgeable officials in Moscow note: how Minister Askar Umarov behaves towards Russia with emphatic respect and courtesy.

All this taken together does not completely eliminate such a problem as pro-Western sentiments in the Kazakh state apparatus. To regulate this problem – to “correct” those officials who, for example, show “excessive enthusiasm” in terms of the implementation of anti-Russian sanctions – Tokayev has to do it manually. This is what the behind-the-scenes side of Russian-Kazakh relations looks like at the moment. There is clearly no talk of any collapse of these relations.

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Political scientist Markov announced the possibility of “forceful release” of Kaliningrad

“This is just the beginning”

The Russian Foreign Ministry expressed a strong protest to the Lithuanian side in connection with the ban imposed by Vilnius on the transit of sanctioned goods to the Kaliningrad region. The Russian side warned that “if cargo transit between the Kaliningrad region and the rest of the territory of the Russian Federation through Lithuania is not restored in full in the near future, then Russia reserves the right to take decisive action in response. What could be these actions, “MK” asked the experts.

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“There is a viscous struggle, butting,” says political scientist Sergei Markov. – But here we may find ourselves in a difficult situation, because we no longer have the opportunity to create problems for them: we have already refused any transit through Lithuania.

But there is a sharper way – to warn them about that the attempt to blockade Kaliningrad grossly violates the agreement between Lithuania and Kaliningrad, and Russia may choose a forceful path to unblock the region.”

According to Andrey Suzdaltsev, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs at the Higher School of Economics, Russia has an opportunity economically protect the Kaliningrad region. “Kaliningrad can be supplied by air,” he believes, “through the Baltic and the Gulf of Finland. And, of course, there is a sea route – bulk carriers, ferries. It will be costly, but these are our people and our territories. We will supply them as best we can.”

– Now we have nothing special to answer them with. They hardly consume our gas. We do not supply electricity directly to them. Previously, there were deliveries, now they are not. They prepared for it. And I think this is just the beginning, over time they will also close the passenger railway service.

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Torture will become an official crime: the bill was “cosmetically” corrected

A separate article will not appear in the Criminal Code

The bill on toughening criminal liability for torture is ready for the second reading. A separate article on this topic will not appear in the Criminal Code, but for exceeding official powers or obtaining evidence through beatings and bullying, you can get up to 15 years in prison. Human rights activists believe that this is unlikely to change the situation in colonies and pre-trial detention centers.

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The Duma Committee on State Building and Legislation prepared a bill for the second, decisive reading, which was submitted to parliament at the end of 2021 by senators Andrei Klishas, ​​Vladimir Poletaev and deputy Pavel Krasheninnikov (“ER”) and became a kind of response to scandalous publications about bullying convicts in places of detention.

The USSR ratified the UN Convention against Torture in 1987, Russia, as the successor of the USSR, participates in it. The UN Committee against Torture, where representatives of the Russian Federation report on the fulfillment of their obligations, has repeatedly noted that it is objectively impossible to assess the situation in the country, also because there is no separate “torture” article in the Russian Criminal Code. For what is usually considered torture, you can now be convicted on three counts. One of them is 117 (“Torture”), where torture is only one of the possible aggravating circumstances: for the use of physical and mental violence “in order to compel one to give testimony or other actions,” she promises from 3 to 7 years in prison. The note to this article reveals the concept of “torture”. But sadistic law enforcement officers are usually tried for “abuse of power” (Article 286 of the Criminal Code, from 3 to 10 years in prison) or for coercion to testify (Article 302 of the Criminal Code, from 2 to 8 years in prison). At the same time, there is not a word about torture in Article 286, and for the same part, for example, they are convicted both for exceeding their powers with the use of weapons and for exceeding their powers with the use of violence and bullying, and in criminal statistics we see only one common number. As for coercion to testify, here torture is mentioned as an aggravating circumstance, but over the past five years there has not been a single sentence under this article of the Criminal Code …

What will happen when the bill becomes law?

There will never be a separate “torture” article in the Criminal Code, and torture will become a purely malfeasance.

It is mentioned in the article that about abuse of power, a note explaining that it is considered torture will also migrate there. The wording will be as close as possible to that contained in the UN Convention: “any act (inaction) by which severe pain or suffering, physical or moral, is intentionally inflicted on any person in order to obtain information or confession from him or from a third party, to punish him for an act that he or a third person has committed or of which he is suspected, as well as to intimidate or coerce him or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind.”

The word “inaction” appeared in the text for the second reading: when discussing the bill in the first reading, many deputies said that failure to provide the necessary medical assistance to a person in a pre-trial detention center or colony can be torture …

According to the article of the Criminal Code that coercion to testify, they will bring to justice not only investigators or interrogators, as they are now, but also “other law enforcement officers”, that is, prosecutors, policemen, Russian guardsmen, and employees of the Federal Penitentiary Service.

Punishment for torture in both articles is from 4 to 12 years in prison. For the second reading, at the suggestion of United Russia, it was separately prescribed: if torture led to serious consequences for health or to death “through negligence”, the sadist will face 8 to 15 years in prison.

In criminal statistics, sentences for these malfeasances will be counted separately.

Both articles become especially serious, the statute of limitations for them will increase to 15 years, which is important, since many victims do not risk or are deprived of the opportunity to complain during imprisonment. The idea of ​​deputies from the New People faction to abolish the statute of limitations for such crimes was not supported by the profile committee.

The official response of the Supreme Court to the initial version of the bill said that in practice it is not the officials themselves who torture in colonies and pre-trial detention centers, but convicts – “activists” who collaborate with the administration, or extortionists, you cannot bring them to justice under the articles on malfeasance. And the exclusion from Article 117 (“Torture”) of the mention of torture “may seriously weaken the opposition to crimes” of this kind. But the amendments of the deputies and the Supreme Court, which proposed to leave torture here as an aggravating circumstance, were rejected. The first deputy head of the Committee on State Building and Legislation, Irina Pankina (ER), in a conversation with MK, explained that instead of the words “with the use of torture”, a more general sign “with special cruelty, mockery or torment for the victim” will appear in the article about torture, which is designed, among other things, for “activists” in colonies who torture their cellmates.” “And the leadership of the colonies, if complicity is established, will be prosecuted according to special rules,” said the deputy.

Eva Merkacheva, a member of the Council for the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights under the President of the Russian Federation, in a conversation with MK ” admitted that most of the comments of human rights activists to the original text were not taken into account and the amendments to the Criminal Code were “cosmetic”. “I think the situation will not change in principle. Unless the authorities demonstrate that they are dealing with the problem, and this is good,” she said.

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Residents of the LPR spoke about the terrible shelling of the Armed Forces of Ukraine: “They are beating out of hopelessness”

Our correspondent visited the site

Armed formations of Ukraine continue to fire artillery at the residential sector of the Luhansk People's Republic. Yesterday, the Armed Forces of Ukraine attacked two settlements at once – the city of Irmino and the village of Good in the Slavyanoserbsky district. The city of Irmino came under shelling at about 4 am, when the inhabitants were sleeping peacefully. The Ukrainian side struck with the use of multiple launch rocket systems “Hurricane”. The MK correspondent visited the site of the shelling and met with the residents.

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– In this case, a rocket with a cluster warhead was used, – explains Alexei Getmansky, representative of the People's Militia of the LPR in the joint control center. 

The rocket landed on the territory of a tuberculosis dispensary. Fortunately, there were no people nearby in the early morning. However, the cassettes of the reactive system damaged the building of the Stakhanovskoe bone-tuberculosis sanatorium, located nearby.

The head doctor of the sanatorium, Lyudmila Kolesnikova, showing the damage on the facade, says that at the time of the shelling, patients and medical staff were in the building. 

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– When they heard the roar, those who could move independently immediately went outside. However, we also have bedridden patients, they just had to be covered with pillows. During the night shift, one nurse and one nurse remain in the sanatorium, they physically could not bear the people.

In addition to medical institutions, private houses were damaged in the city.

– It has become scary to live lately, – Laundry workers Natalya and Elena tell. – They shoot at any time of the day.

According to the women, from the moment the special operation began, people breathed a sigh of relief for a while. The Armed Forces of Ukraine have almost stopped their ruthless terror, but in the last month the situation has worsened again.

– Everything is happening so fast, not only you don’t have time to hide, you don’t have time to think, – says Natalya.

Interlocutors We are convinced that Ukraine has toughened the fire out of desperation.

– They understand that they will not be able to change anything. So they wipe us off the face of the earth.

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After listening to the aspirations of the locals, we advance to the next firing point in the village of Good. There is already “arrival” more serious. The Armed Forces of Ukraine hit civilians from the Tochka-U tactical missile system. The rocket arrived at 18:00 and landed near the cultural center. At that time, there was a large crowd of people on the square, children were playing. Thanks to a lucky chance, none of them were hurt.

The area where the rocket body rests is surrounded by a stop tape. Scattered parts are scattered everywhere in the district. Despite the fact that its deadly mission “Point” already done, people still cautiously bypass it.

An employee of a grocery store affected by the arrival of a rocket says that her colleague miraculously survived. A fragment pierced through the building at the very time when the woman released the goods to the buyers.

– Thank God, the fragment ricocheted off the pipe and changed its trajectory, otherwise we would have gathered today for a different reason.

Besides the store, 9 residential buildings, a school and a kindergarten were damaged in the village from the arrival of the rocket.< /p>

Alexander Konstantinov, a local resident, recalls the terrible events.

– We were standing on the street when the rocket arrived. We heard a strong whistle, thought that the plane was falling. Then an explosion, fragments flew, smoke everywhere. Even the chandelier fell at my house.

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Once again, it is worth noting that the armed forces of Ukraine strikes at settlements where there are no military installations. And those who give criminal orders cannot but realize that peaceful, defenseless people become their victims.

Lugansk, LPR.< /p>

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“Ready casus belli”: the expert spoke about the possible reaction of Moscow to the blocking of the Kaliningrad region

It became known how Russia will respond to NATO's attempt to invade the Kaliningrad region.

According to military expert Vladimir Evseev, possible NATO attempts to invade the territory of the Kaliningrad region could lead to very serious consequences.

According to the expert, in this case, Russia will be forced to use nuclear weapons.

According to Evseev, there is now a not very big, but still a threat of armed conflict in the Baltic region.

He stated this in an interview with “Ukraine.ru”.

“If Russia has even the slightest doubt that Kaliningrad will be captured by NATO countries, then Russia will use nuclear weapons and create a land corridor through the territory of Lithuania”, – he threatened Western countries in the event of an aggravation of the situation.

In his opinion, as a result of the special operation in Ukraine, NATO will no longer have the desire to enter into conflict with Russia.

In turn, the former Ukrainian diplomat Rostislav Ishchenko also commented on the transport blockade of Kaliningrad announced by Lithuania

He called the situation a pretext for war between the Russian Federation and Lithuania, since Vilnius violated Moscow's right to access its territory

“This decision is suicidal because it is a ready-made casus belli [cause for declaring war]”, – Ishchenko said.

He noted that international law protects the preservation of not only maritime, but also land transit.

Recall that last week the head of the Kaliningrad region, Anton Alikhanov, said about the fact that the leadership of the Lithuanian Railways informed the region about the termination of the transit of some sanctioned goods from the EU list.

The restrictions turned out to be from 40% to 50% of the range of goods, including building materials, cement and metals.< /p>

Earlier, TopNews wrote that a train with US M1A2 Abrams tanks was spotted 18 kilometers from the Kaliningrad region.

Armament arrived in the town of Korshe in Poland.

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